Songwriters: Radiohead (Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Phil Selway, Ed O'Brien and Colin Greenwood)
Original Release: June 16, 1997
Album: OK Computer
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In the early days of the current century, my wife and I lived in New Jersey. I was in graduate school and she was commuting into New York everyday. Since she left earlier than I did, I always had some time in the morning to myself before heading to class. I began every day essentially the same way, by turning on the computer and checking my email as I ate my breakfast. For what must have been several months, Radiohead's OK Computer CD was loaded into our iMac and would come on whenever we turned on the computer. I began every day with "Airbag." I won't go so far as to say it's even the best song on the album but it's the first song I think of when I think of Radiohead. Can't deny it also reminds me of a quieter, simpler life.
I never got into the band the way some of my friends did but I admire Radiohead immensely. Few bands of any era have been so eager to challenge their audience, each new album bucking any sense of established formula. OK Computer was their third studio album and the most successful of the bunch, both commercially and critically. The song was inspired by a car crash Yorke and his girlfriend had survived several years earlier. It is intended as a celebration of a life saved.
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What are you listening to these days?